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New EYC Master's Program Attracts Enrollment from Across the State

Monday, May 04, 2015

As part of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant, North Carolina identified the need for the development of an advanced degree in early childhood leadership and management. Susan Catapano, who serves on the board of several state-wide early childhood initiatives, was invited to develop an advanced EYC program at UNCW. The degree is a collaboration between the Department of Educational Leadership, where Catapano is chair, and the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education (EEMLS) at the Watson College. In addition to Catapano, Drs. Karen Wetherill, Kathy Fox, Tracy Hargrove, Candace Thompson, Amy Moody, Hengameh Kermani and Jale Aldemir helped develop the program and serve as program faculty.

LogoAn online program in leadership, policy and advocacy in early childhood was introduced at the Watson College in fall 2014. The two-year interdisciplinary master's degree is designed for people who work or wish to work in the field of early childhood leadership and family and child advocacy.

Scholarships are available to qualified students through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship program, a partnership between the RTT-ELC grant and the Child Care Services Association. The scholarships fully fund six credits per semester for two years.

WCE has experienced high interest and enrollment in the new master's program. Forty students from across the state enrolled in the program in fall 2014, an additional 36 students enrolled in spring 2015, and 20 are slated to begin the program in summer 2015. The grant is funded through December 2016.

For information on North Carolina's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, visit earlylearningchallenge.nc.gov

For information on WCE's M. Ed. with an emphasis in Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy in Early Childhood visit www.uncw.edu/ed/el/ec